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1 0 THE DAILY TELEGRAPH THURSDAY OCTOBER 22 1 987 S The Arts A designer devil with gale-force charm THE DEVIL seems to have got into the film-makers this autumn The first personification of evil was Robert De Niro rolling diabolical orange eyes in the Faustian “Angel Heart” Now Jack Nicholson blows into town in The Witches of Eastwick with gale-force charm Nicholson is a designer devil dressed by Cerruti summoned to the perfect New England town of Eastwick by the combined thought processes of Cher Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer as three strong-minded stunning and single women in search of one real man to satisfy all their desires Only he is not quite the dark handsome stranger they bargained for He seduces all three in turn and they then set up a menage-a-quatre outraging the provincial proprieties of a community that has failed to graduate from witch-hunts to parapsychology Directed by George “Mad Max” Miller the film is glossy stylish and tremendous fun Some of the best talent in Hollywood has been brought together with devil-may-care extravagance that has for once paid off by producing something enjoyable and actually sexy mainly because there is no specific sex — just sexy people John Updike’s novel has been freely adapted by Pulitzer prizewinning playwright Michael Cristofer with elegance Not many films give so many actresses such sharp lines tipping the supernatural thriller into a robust battle of the sexes Was it just a mistake when God created woman wonders Nicholson “or did he do it on purpose?” Jack Nicholson’s performance is deliciously outrageous but the women are well up to his weight This is one Cher that has not gone down Only the last part of the film disappoints when horror comic effects take over as if the Oscar-winning Industrial Light and Magic people had sold Miller a party ROCK A good time with a IT GETS Bryan Adams down that rock journalists seem unable to mention his name without writing “Bruce Springsteen” in the same rattle of the word-processor keyboard “If you’re gonna compare me to someone” he told Q magazine "then I think Rod Stewart and the Faces is a much fairer comparison” The music aside Adams could hardly be more different from those Seventies super-lads He’s apparently a nice polite young man He comes from Canada has a sensible haircut doesn’t smoke or take drugs and drinks cautiously The only known excessive aspect of his personal life is that his steady date Vicki is the daughter of Ken Russell “Woke up lyin’ on the floor Can’t recall the night before” he sang at Wembley Arena with his Stewartesque gravel voice in the uptempo song “Another The Witches of Eastwick (18) Cannons Shaftesbury Avenue Fulham Road Screen on the Green Eat the Rich (15) Cannons Haymarket Oxford Street Fulham Road Baker Street Bayswater The Last of England (18) Cannon Prince Charles Made in Heaven (PG) Chelsea Cinema Renoir Who’s That Girl? (15) Warner West End The Rescuers (U) Odeon Marble Arch Cannon Haymarket bag of tricks and he felt obliged to use them all up FASHION afflicts the film industry in the same way as everything else The current fad is for vomit There is a lot of it about in “The Witches of Eastwick” and it is inevitable in Eat the Rich the latest anarchic effort from the Comic Strip team of Peter Richardson Rik Mayall Nigel Planer et al A disaffected waiter Alex (Lamar Pellay who was a man and is now a woman playing a man) is sacked from London’s trendiest restaurant Bastards where the set price is £200 for lightly fried baby panda He robs a dole office and sets off with ex-bouncer Ron (Ron Tarr) ana piano player Jimmy (Jimmy Fagg) to start a people’s uprising Their particular demon is the cockney fascist Home Secretary Nosher (Nosher Powell) a chap who bashes terrorists’ heads together for breakfast and enjoys a lascivious Sun photo opportunity with Fiona Richmond Alex repossesses Bastards with bow and arrow slaughters the clientele and recycles them Day” His multi-million selling repertoire written with nonperforming partner Jim Val-lance is made up of two sorts of song: quite fast and slightly slower good-time rock ’n’ roll To take up Adams's comparison the Faces sounded very like this except that they always gave the impression that the uncomplicated hackneyed formula was stretching their capabilities to the limit Adams and his band better stone-cold sober musicians better rehearsed lack the Faces’ ramshackle charm The studied yobbishness of some of the words is a match for the calculatedly obvious music: “Some other timeSome other placeWe might not of bin hereStandin’ face to face” is how the inner sleeve of the latest LP “Into the Fire” gives the opening lines of “Hearts on Fire”: mock scrawled-on-a-fag-packet words more likely to In the dark about school governors and governing? The TES will lighten your darkness New legislation has given parents and governors more powers and responsibilities The TES will give you the facts in its customary comprehensive and down to earth style For eight weeks starting October 23rd The Times Educational Supplement will publish a four page pull-out on “Governors and Governing? The TES Essential reading for everyone concerned about education Every Friday 60p through the mincer with chips as dish of the day at the renamed restaurant Eat the Rich which many do with Filofax on the side and regurgitation to follow The film directed and written by Richardson is funnier than expected which is not to say that it is as funny as it ought to be mainly because Lamar Pel-lay is less disaffected than affected However Nosher Powell the Tooting publican stunt man and ex-boxer is splendidly rumbustious charging through his first screen role in a lime green mohair suit and Doc Martens “Eat the Rich” has the air of a party to which lots of people were invited and some turned up including Paul McCartney Koo Stark and Bill Wyman (as “toilet victim”) and Ronald Allen plays the head of MI5 in the upper-crust tradition of Eton Cambridge and Moscow POLITICALLY “Eat the Rich” is in fantasy land while in The Last of England Derek Jarman looks at the future and foresees it isn’t what it used to be Sunlight home-movies of his Mum and Dad in a happier past are cut in with his vision of the execution squads spawned by Mrs Thatcher’s Britain Thinking sensitive souls will be left naked living on bomb sites and being sick on raw cauliflower Made on Super 8 and blown up as a fuzzy dream allegory “The Last of England” is as interesting as anyone else’s home movies Defying conventional narrative Jarman uses sound jerky images that rasp the eye and his own poetry: “Where’s Hope? The little white lies have carried her off beyond the cabbage patch” There is the wearisome desire to shock yet the homosexual love scene between a naked man and a terrorist in a balaclava is just unattractive bad manners TIMOTHY HUTTON has a choice between God and the Devil in Made in Heaven Alan Rudolph's fantasy about finding the perfect match Hutton nice guy have been first jotted down in a Filofax Princess Diana and Adams are mutual fans and he has written a raunchy number for her “Diana”: “First time I saw you I was readin’ a magazine I’ll bring love if you bring your limousine” The audience wildly enthusiastic throughout the set — yelling waving arms and flags football-terrace style and singing along word-per-fectly in the choruses exactly like a vintage Faces crowd — lost none of its enthusiasm when presented with this most glaring example of sham rock And in “Native Son” Keith Scott’s uninventive guitar solo was gasped and screamed at The capacity house was determined to have a good time and Adams Vallance and band supplied the need like the consummate pros they are Tim Rostron Supernatural thriller: Jack Nicholson in “The Witches of Eastwick’ drowns goes to a paradise where “anything you can imagine is” — including Kelly McGil-lis They fall in love but she is sent to earth for a life-cycle in the Sixties Hutton decides heaven can wait chosing to be bom again in order to find her It is an affectionate but inconsequential fairy-tale JON PETERS and Peter Guber producers of “The Witches of Eastwick” are also responsible for Who’s That Girl? She is Madonna and this is supposedly a romantic comedy however in MOZART and Schumann have provided a convenient link between two Wigmore Hall recitals this week given by musicians whose reputations in pianistic circles have been growing steadily since their London debuts in the early Seventies As a pupil of Serkin and Horszowski at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia the Canadian Paul Berkowitz could hardly have had a more auspicious pedigree From those two great pianists his playing has inherited a solid foundation in the classical tradition And after settling in this country after his first Wigmore recital in 1973 he has himself become a noted teacher at the Guildhall School of Music as as performer Earlier this year he received high praise for the first issue in a series of recordings for Meridian of the late Schubert sonatas This month sees the release of the second instalment in the series of the C minor Sonata D 958 And it was that same work which occupied the second half of THE GOOD news is that “Hiawatha” is set to make a come-back Aficionados of the Royal Choral Society will tell you dewy-eyed of the days when Sir Malcolm Sargent held sway over squaws and warriors whooping round the Albert Hall brandishing their tomahawks and singing praises to Minnehaha But we cannot sample all that until next July when the RCS presents its first staging of Cole-ridge-Taylor’s cantata in 50 years In the meantime the choir continues its performances of the standard repertory and on Tuesday night at the Festival Hall it was Haydn’s “Creation” The decision to do it in German probably helped nobody least of all the choir itself Historically the English words have near enough the same validity as the German and surely the only reason for opting for van Swieten’s German text is the likelihood of it producing a more vital performance ART GALLERIES BARBICAN ART GALLERY level 8 Barbican Centre London EC2 01-638 4141 ext 408 THE IMAGE OF LONDON: Views by Travellers & Emigres 1550 1920 6 Aug 18 Oct TuesSat 10arn-845 pm Sun & Bk Hoi 12 545 pm CLOSED MON except Bk Hols Adm £250 cone £125 FINE ART SOCIETY 148 New Bond St Wl 01829 5118 HELEN LESSORE MARTYN GREGORY: HILDA MAY GORDON Vivid impressions of an artist’s travels around the World In the 1920’s 7 24 October (108 10-1 Saturdays) 34 Bury Street James's Londonswl 01 -839 3731 NEW WORKS by Nicola CounaeU and Nicholas Jolly at Solomon Gallery 10 Dover Street Wl 499 4701 THACKERAY GALLERY 18 Thackeray St: we 937 5883 Mardi Barrie - recent paintings until 6th Nov CINEMAS CURZON MAYFAIR Curzon Street 499 3737 YVES MONTAND GERARD DEPARDIEU in JEAN DE FLORETTE (PG) Film at MS (not Sun) 330 600 830 'Moat compelling film In London D Tel 'Hugely enjoyable Std CURZON PHOENIX Charing Cross Rd 240 9881 JULIE CHRISTIE in MISS MARY(IS) Film at 200 (not Sun) 410 620 B40 this film it is the romance that is sick-making and the comedy just isn’t there Madonna struts and squeaks as a recidivist shop-lifter wrongly accused of murder Griffin Dunne is all too bemused as the strait-laced lawyer landed with a female anarchist and a large cougar in the back of the Rolls Jim Foley who made Madonna’s music videos “Live to Tell” and “Papa Don’t Preach” directs but only seems to have succeeded in telling the big cat what to do THERE IS genuine animal mag CONCERTS Strength and eloquence Tuesday’s recital in a performance of an imposing virile strength The first movement was bold and craggy the scherzo and finale particularly effective in their Schubertian unease and tautly sprung rhythms Between them was an adagio of an eloquent starkly contained drama Even when he allowed the dynamic level to go beyond the reasonably acceptable it was Schubert playing of a formidable conviction He seemed rather less comfortable with the Schumann of the “Kreisleriana” its eerie Hoffmannesque fantasy vividly portrayed while being The language barrier Here though the singing sounded tentative in “Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes” whereas a good solid “The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God” would have shown up more of the choir’s familiar full-throatedness and exuberance There were some untidy starts — “Stimmt an die Saiten” or “Awake the Harp” — was a case in point and heads in scores led to some woolliness elsewhere It was certainly not a vintage RCS evening Laszlo Hel-tay’s conducting was generalised and dutifully controlled instead of taking its cue more pliably from the words to CURZON WEST END Shaftesbury Ave Wl 439 4805 Dennis Hopper in RIVER’S EDGE (18) Film at 200 (not Sun) 410 620 840 "Don't mis- D Mall 'Utterly riveting' D Tel LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE 930 5252(Enq)930 7615 (24 hour Access VisaAmEx Bookings) ANGEL HEART (18) Sep progs Daily 145 500 820 All progs bookable in advance MINEMA 45 KNIGHTSBR1 DGE 235 4225 RADIO DAYS (PG) Daily 30 50 70 90 ODEON HAYMARKET (839 7897) HOPE AND GLORY (15) Sep progs Dally 230 530 830 All seats bookable in advance Access and Visa telephone bookings welcome ODEON LEICESTER SQUARE (930 6111) Info 930 42504259 Walt Disney’s Classic SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (U) Sep progs Doors open Daily 145 430 715 AU progs bookable in advance Credit Card Hot Line (AcceasVisaAmEx) 930 3232 or 839 1929 24 hour service ODEON MARBLE ARCH (723 2011) HEARTS OF FIRE (16) Sep progs Doors open Dally 148 400 615 830 Evening performance bookable In advance Reduced prices for DAP's UB40 holders and Under 16’s EXHIBITIONS LETTS KEEP A DIARY EXHIBITION Original diaries of famous and every day people from Tudor times to present day Mall Galleries The Mall London SW1 Open daily 1000 a m to 300 pm until 23 October ic in The Rescuers the last film from Walt Disney’s original nine-man team of animators Made 10 years ago it was Disney’s 19th feature-length cartoon and although not one of the studio’s classics it has warmth humour and delightful characterisation The late Geraldine Page provides a devilish voice for the wicked Medusa who keeps hungry crocodiles Brutus and Nero as waterskis I’d feed them Madonna Victoria Mather much more technically vuner-able Of his two Mozart pieces the B minor Adagio was articulated with a poised almost baroque intensity of expression the D major Rondo with and adroit clarity and elegance Whereas Berkowitz’s tem peramental affinity would seem to be with the later bigboned sonatas of a Schubert or Beethoven it is as a Bach player that the South Ameri can pianist Jean Louis Steuer-man has become probably best known here Whether or not it was simply that he was far below his best form his account of the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue at the start of his recital was unexpectedly flabby and imprecise In spite of some nice touches Mozart’s A minor Sonata K 310 was given a plain dutiful performance And before going on to two Skryabin sonatas the Schumann “Arabesque’ was dispatched with hardly a trace of romantic sensibility or charm Robert Henderson characterise -this or that aria or chorus John Tomlinson sang the bass arias and recitatives strongly Maldwyn Davies and Yvonne Kenny were the tenor and soprano In the performance as a whole style was the quality that was missing This should not to be mistaken for “authenticity” for neither the RCS nor the Wren Orchestra of London would be happy to align themselves with that as far as Haydn is concerned But this was a compromise and an uncomfortable one at that it lacked real conviction and confidence whereas in the past we have known the RCS as a corporate personality of distinct verve in whatever music it was singing “Hiawatha” might well tell another story Geoffrey Norris Spink A Riiu Buy Jewellery & Silver Spink & Son Limited King Street St James's London SW I Telephone 01-930 7g88 (24 hours! Established 1666 o PORTABLE BUILDINGS FOR HIRE OR SALE Mivertd -buift to tot TELEVISION Light touch with portrait painters WHAT SORT of sales would you get today with a book called The Rudiments of Genteel Jehaviour’’? According to Changing Faces (C4) it went down a treat in 1737 with minor portrait painters searching for a dignified pose for His Nibs There is more than meets the eye in this agreeable series which traces the changing role and ideals of British portrait !ainters It manages to be light jut not superficial Nor does it engage in art historians' snobbish prostration in front of the English aristocratic patron who called the tune for painters Philip Mould writer and presenter has a nice line in detail whether it's painterly or social Last week on the Augustan age we met Gainsborough's Captain Merlin inventor of the rollerskate In general Mr Mould was cleverer in a shorter compass about Hogarth and his contemporaries than the lumbering exhibition now at the Tate This week we reached the Victorian age via Sir Thomas Lawrence who stripped off the wig and gave “for the first time in 150 years a haircut in a society portrait” Mr Mould was highly appreciative about G F Watts which suggested to me a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to have a closer look at Watts’s gallery of British Worthies I regret that I have never become a “Chekhovian” as people pompously call admirers of this Russian dramatist Last night’s Bookmark “A Visit from Vanya” (BBC-2) therefore never set my pulses racing Yet again it is glasnost this time a group from the Moscow Arts Theatre with their director Oleg Efremov showing American drama students how to make “Uncle Vanya” interesting The “workshop” venue was Balliol College coyly referred to as “an Oxford college” THEATRE All in the mind A FEW minutes into Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind at the Royal Court Theatre it seemed that the play contained one sane character surrounded by a varied assortment of lunatics The sane person was Mike whom we first meet in the second scene a hospital room somewhere in the west of America He is attempting to comfort his sister Beth who has suffered severe injuries to her head which have affected her ability to think or speak clearly In a later scene Mike helps her with therapy designed to assist her recovery We have discovered that Beth’s injuries are due to her having been beaten up by her husband Jake a dangerous young psychotic In Act II when Beth has been removed to her parents’ house somewhere in the backwoods of Montana it begins to emerge that Mike is as unbalanced as everyone else Perhaps Jake’s brother Frankie is the sane pivot around which these nutcases revolve By this time we have met the other members of both families Jake’s mother and young sister may not be actually certifiable but Beth’s parents Meg and Baylor are something else But I imagine this is not the way one is meant to approach a work by Sam Shepard the American playwright who has been critically acclaimed in his own country as a modern O’Neill Mr Shepard deals not in characters but in myths He writes lines of dialogue or long speeches for his actors which are so imprecisely worded that they are often ignorantly described as poetry Meaning is in the mind of the listener digger THE NEW SATIRICAL MAGAZINE WITH THE INSIDE STORIES CHRISTIE’S AMSTERDAM Tudaica Forthcoming Sale in Amsterdam Specialists in Judaica will be at Christie King Street on Wednesday 23th October and Thursday 29th October from 930 am to 500 pm to give advice and free valuations on Hebrew Printed Books and Manuscripts Ceremonial Objects including Silva Brass and Textiles and Judaic Objects of Art including Pictures For further information and appointments please contact Anke Adler-Slottke or Amelia Fitzalan Howard in the Overseas Office 8 King Street St James's Londonswi 6QT Tel: 01-839 9060 Telex: 916429 Surely everyone knows that Oxford colleges during the summer months become a vast playpen for American students whose touching enthusiasm for English life is such that they never wait to get within normal speaking range but bellow from opposite sides of the quad: “I’ve found a real neat pub in Woodstock” Pleasant to know that those stentorian tones can modulate quite sweetly to give Chekhov a chance The London Embassy (ITV) is a quite exceptionally silly series of comic stories about a young American diplomat lost in the sophistication of London life The hero Spencer Savage (Kris-toffer Tabori) is clearly a cut above his colleagues since he can quote Rupert Brooke over the canapes Nonetheless the Grosvenor Square Embassy would seem to be staffed by idiots according to this We are asked to believe that a young diplomat is posted to London with nowhere to live Then he buys a flat in Battersea through the kind offices of a lady who shares her affections with him as well as an Iranian Young Savage is in the habit of forgetting his ID card but the security lady crisply reminds him “We’re very security-conscious in this embassy” You don’t say It seems no English producer can rid American TV actors of those dreadful tics we know so well Spencer Savage has a bad attack of the overworking mas-seter At least that is how-my dentist describes the little muscle which jerks up and down on American actors’ jaws to indicate emotion Then there’s the explosive-laugh syndrome This means that characters emerge from a room look at each other mutely for a regulation two seconds then “explode” in guffaws So natural don't you see? Patricia Morison There are faint echoes of O’Neill in “A Lie of the Mind” and somewhat stronger echoes of Tennessee Williams but Mr Shepard possesses neither the rough-hewn gift for story-telling through characterisation of the former nor the poetic imagination of the latter What Shepard does have is a strong theatricality which works effectively while one is watching it though it tends to dissolve into thin air once the lights come up He strikes me as being a man made angry by his own feelings of sentimentality and nostalgia for a past which never existed and frustrated by his inability to envisage a future The present is Hell nor is he out of it The play in three acts of about an hour each is far too long for its content: I was tired of these people by the end of Act II and spent much of the last act drafting legislation to limit all plays to a running time of two-and-a-half hours Mr Shepard’s play is well acted Will Patton the sole American in an otherwise home-grown cast brings the obligatory Stanley Kowalski-like presence to Jake Tony Haygarth is thoroughly convincing as Beth’s deer-shooting illiterate redneck of a father and Miranda Richardson is appropriately macabre as the braindamaged Beth Collectors of bizarre theatrical experiences will relish Geraldine McEwan whose idiosyncratic diction and squint survive her not too deep immersion in the role of Jake’s mother Lorraine Simon Curtis directed Charles Osborne i

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